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Bag containing body parts of murdered mother Loretta Gates found in Niagara Falls

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(CBS/AP) Niagara Falls, NY- The body parts of a homicide victim, Loretta Gates, were found in a bag floating in a lake at an upstate New York park on Sunday, Captain William Thomson of the Niagara Falls Police Department said.

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Gates, who was living at her mother's house in Niagara Falls at the time, disappeared on the night of Aug. 25 after she told her mother she was going to a store across the street from their home.

Four days later, a tourist aboard a Maid of the Mist tour spotted the missing mother's headless torso near the base of Niagara falls. A bag containing Gate's body parts was discovered two days after the torso was found.

Authorities have not released how she was killed.

Investigators have determined that her disappearance Is not related to the death of a single mother whose decomposed torso was found in a suitcase in Lake Ontario last week.

Gates had three children, ages 4, 5, and 11.